Air leaks in a home can diminish indoor comfort and air quality and significantly increase energy costs. Innovative Construction Solutions in Naples, FL can accurately measure air leakage with tests that help determine a home’s air-tightness.
The Innovative Construction Solutions team is made up of professionals with various building, construction, design and architectural expertise. These industry experts will identify what the problem is and recommend solutions for long-term fixes. Our goal is to win your satisfaction for a job well done.
How Air Leaks Affect a Home
Air leaks are responsible for energy loss and home deterioration, and hidden leaks are often the biggest culprit.
Next to rain, air leaks through walls, roofs and floors can have the most damaging effect on a home’s structural integrity. Uncontrolled airflow carries moisture into framing cavities, causing mold and rot, water damage, or pest infestations.
Heating and cooling accounts for 54% of your energy consumption, and air leaks can be responsible for more than half of that. Air leakage can also cause indoor-air-quality problems that affect occupants’ health.
Sealing air leaks can reduce the amount of conditioned air that is escaping from a home. Once we have tested and identified the areas of the home that need sealing, Innovative Construction Solutions can help you find affordable and effective solutions.
Detecting Air Leaks
The experienced Innovative Construction Solutions team uses specialized equipment to detect air leaks emanating from locations such as rim joists, cracks between finish flooring and baseboards, electrical outlets and light switches, utility chases, plumbing traps under showers and tubs, plumbing vent-pipe penetrations, kitchen soffits, recessed can lighting, fireplace surrounds, and cracks between partition top plates and drywall.
In addition to smoke testing and thermographic testing to pinpoint hidden air leaks, we perform blower door tests to depressurize the home and detect air infiltrating through imperfections in the building envelope. We perform blower door testing for homeowners as well as for building contractors to help them meet Florida building code requirements on new construction homes.
Blower Door Testing
Blower door tests are used to determine the airtightness and energy-efficiency of new and existing homes.
A blower door is a very powerful fan that is mounted to the frame of a home’s exterior door. It pulls air out of the home and lowers the air pressure inside. This causes higher outside air pressure to flow into the home through any unsealed cracks and openings. The test reveals the air infiltration rate of the home and indicates where an air leak may be hiding.
Consider hiring Innovative Construction Solutions and our team of experts in Naples, FL when you need air leak detection services and/or blower door testing on a new construction project or existing home. Get in touch with us today at (239) 384-5890 for more information about our services.